California BrainWaves

"Making a Splash in the Neuro Community!"

Meet Our Team!

Kiera Rain, Founder of Bay Area Professional Organizer

Founder, President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director at California BrainWaves

Kiera Rain founded California BrainWaves after seeing a huge disparity in services for her young son, who is diagnosed with Autism and mental illness. She wanted to ensure supports for her neurotypical daughter as well, who has suffered a lot of trauma due to the lack of support, services, and safety during her brother's episodes. The family brainstormed a live/work/learn/play therapeutic resort for Special Needs Families, and started taking action to making it a reality as a nonprofit. California BrainWaves was officially formed in 2022.


Kiera Rain has been self-employed for the past 19 years, specializing in the mental and emotional health aspects of disorganization through her business, Bay Area Professional Organizer Co.

Deborah Zelinsky, OD, Founder of MindEye Institute

Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Neuroscience Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

Deborah Zelinsky, O.D. is founder and executive research director of the Mind-Eye Institute, a now world-renowned office that was an outgrowth of a private optometric practice launched in 1992 and initially called the Mind-Eye Connection. Throughout her more than 35 years of optometry work, Dr. Zelinsky has devoted herself to upgrading neuro-optometric rehabilitation into mind-eye evaluations and developing new methods for assessing brain function, with emphasis on the often-untested linkage between eyes and ears. Her patented research in retinal processing and novel uses of retinal stimulation have been described in publications and courses in many countries.


Dr. Zelinsky developed the Z-Bell Test®, a simple but revolutionary method of assessing the integration of visual processing with sound localization. When a discrepancy is found, individualized prescription eyeglasses normalize the balance between central and peripheral retinal receptors, while improving the connection between eyes and ears. This synchronization affects the ability to react and respond to environmental changes. For instance, changes in luminance affect how the brain interprets and reacts to information about the environment and can impact spatial awareness, body movement, center of gravity, and selective attention to sound.


Dr. Zelinsky’s ground-breaking efforts in assessment of brain function are described in the 2015 book, The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back. The book was written by one of her former patients, Clark Elliott, Ph.D., a professor of artificial intelligence at DePaul University in Chicago. The book details how customized “Mind-Eye Brainwear” and puzzles from Donalee Markus, Ph.D., helped Dr. Elliott’s brain become fully functioning again.


Dr. Zelinsky also is known for her campaign for neurodiverse patients to “Leave 20/20 in the 20th Century." moving optometry away from a 160-year- old system of “eye care” to 21st century “brain care.” The conventional eye testing is fine for the neurotypical population, but people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities need more.


Because of her international reputation for work on the retina and the retina’s impact on brain function, physiology and mental health, Dr. Zelinsky became the first optometrist ever invited to present at the prestigious N20 World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Scientific Summit, held in Puerto Madero, Argentina, in November 2018. There, she addressed worldwide scientists, physicians and engineers. Results of the consortium’s discussions on the brain, mental health and neurodegenerative diseases were later presented to global political leaders attending the 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. Since that time, she has been honored with an Award in Innovation by Women in Optometry, an Award in Dedication by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), and an Award in Leadership by the Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. (SBMT).


Dr. Deborah Zelinsky is Treasurer on the Board of Directors and on the Neuroscience Advisory Board for California Brainwaves, a Nonprofit for Neurodiversity Campuses. She founded the Mind-Eye Institute and is currently practicing full-time. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, on the medical advisory board of Hope for HIE (for infants that suffered brain injury from oxygen deprivation at birth), and President Elect of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT). Dr. Zelinsky has also earned a fellowship in both the College of Visual Development and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). 

Morgan Hough, Founder of Center17, Clinical Neurology Degree from University of Oxford, Computational Biophysicist

Engineering Design Team, Neuroscience Advisory Board at California BrainWaves 

I am a student (always hopefully) with previous experience in behavioral neurobiology, biophysics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, machine learning, medical imaging and physics-based medical imaging device development with a focus solely on neuropsychiatric applications of artificial intelligence in biophysics.


I am American but grew up in Edinburgh and London. I live with my wife and kids in San Francisco, CA, and am from Roanoke, VA. I can understand French and with practice speak it again. I should be working on my Mandarin. 


Former Staff Research Assistant at Center for Brain Research and Informational Sciences

Former Staff Research Associate at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

Former Staff Research Associate at University of California, San Francisco

Former Software Engineering Manager at Electrical Geodesics, Inc.

Former Legislative Aide at Virginia General Assembly


Studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Reed College

Studied Clinical Neurology at University of Oxford

Studied Liberal Arts at St. John's College


Volunteer at NeuroTechX, Fedora, California BrainWaves


Dr. Leighton Hinkley, PhD, Sr Scientist in Biomagnetic Imaging Lab at UCSF, Neuroscientist who studies Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Teacher of a Research Design Class at Department of Psych at USF

Neuroscience Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

Dr. Hinkley completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at UC Davis, with a background in multi-modal non-invasive neuroimaging, specifically, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify the neurophysiological bases of behavior.


He is currently a senior scientist in the Biomagnetic Imaging Lab in the Department of Radiology at UC San Francisco, implementing neuroimaging approaches as a means to understand the neurobiological basis of multiple conditions, including neurodevelopmental disorders. He currently applies multiple imaging techniques (specifically MEG, but also MRI, MRSI, fMRI and TMS) to advance the diagnosis and treatment of multiple neurological and psychiatric disorders. These techniques are often combined with neuromodulation methods (including TMS and DBS) to rehabilitate neurocognitive outcome. He has a deep passion for public education (podcasts, Mythbusters) on neuroscience and how it can be applied to our understanding of conditions like autism spectrum disorders, psychosis and dementia. 

Douglas L. Major, O.D., Professional Advocate for Incarcerated Youth and Adults with Special Needs

Family Re-Entry Program at California BrainWaves

Doug Major received his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1985 after completing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University. While in professional school, he received numerous national awards for his research in the areas of computer-assisted visual skills and visual problems associated with juvenile delinquency. He also authored several published professional articles and lectured before the American Academy of Optometry and many local parent and teacher groups. Dr. Major has a special interest in the area of incarcerated youth and adults with brain and developmental disabilities. 

Laura Croft, Special Needs Estate Planning Attorney, Founder of Timeless Estate Planning

Legal Network at California BrainWaves

I have five children, two of my children have special needs and one is my stepdaughter. On a deep level, I understand how every family has special gifts, dreams, fears and goals and I am deeply committed to be your trusted advisor who helps you make the very best personal, financial, and legal decisions for your family throughout your lifetime. I want to not just help you now, but also when you can’t be there so that I can help guide your loved ones through a difficult process.


In short, my sole focus is to help families avoid collapse after the death or disability of a loved one.


We have many resources for you so you can ensure your family and loved ones stay out of court and out of conflict, if and when something happens to you. Browse around, see what we have, and feel free to request any of the resources we have for you, complimentary. TimelessEstatePlanning.com


EDUCATION

University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctor (2005).

University of California, San Diego (2001)

University Compultense Madrid (2000)


5 Stars on Yelp!

Lauralyn Mears, PhD in Molecular Biology, Co-Founder of the Nonprofit HELPipedia, Founder of STEERus, Established VP in Sales and Marketing, Journalist

Grant Writer at California BrainWaves

Word Nerd. Science geek. Proud STEMinist! Neurodiversity Freedom Fighter! Champion of the underserved. Social entrepreneur inspired by acts of kindness. An optimist & contrarian bent on living outside the box. A founder who is committed to making personal and professional development equitable. PhD scientist, former executive at a few Fortune 100s and several startups. Award-winning author, journalist, podcaster, founder of STEERus workforce development and co-founder of the nonprofit HELPipedia, centralized marketplace for personal and professional development.


HELPipedia has the grand vision of becoming the world's centralized marketplace for self-help. It is powered by the STEERus e-Learning platform and aims to unite all content and service providers of personal and professional development including career services, job readiness, leadership, workforce development, internships, apprenticeships, coaching, and more! helpipedia.org 


Hillary Brooks, Nonprofit Management Consultant

Operations Advisory Board, Family Re-Entry Program at California BrainWaves

Hillary Brooks is an HR and operations consultant to nonprofit organizations. As a staff member, Hillary most recently served for five years as Associate Director at Power California, an organization working to advance a progressive policy agenda via electoral movement building and statewide organizing of young voters of color. Her prior nonprofit management work includes a five-year stint as Finance and Operations Director at feminist of color organization Forward Together, an interim co-directorship at Berkeley's David Brower Center, and previous work as a consultant to nonprofit organizations.


Hillary is a Board Treasurer at Essie Justice Group, a nonprofit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Our award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. We are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice — including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transgender women, and gender non-conforming people.


With three decades of experience in powering social justice movement infrastructure for sustainability and impact, Hillary is pleased to bring her knowledge to bear for this disability rights focused organization. She is the neurodivergent single-mother-by-choice of a neurodivergent teen and the product of two Great Migrations (the African American internal displacement of the 1900's and the European Jewish immigration of the 1800's). Hillary has a Bachelor of Science in communications research from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in jazz performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Ruth Miller, Retired Comcast HR Professional with emphasis on employees with disabilities, Former HS Special Education Teacher, Current Nonprofit Volunteer

Operations Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

After more than 25 years in the Human Resources profession, Ruth retired and has since utilized her knowledge and business skills to assist nonprofit organizations. As well as volunteering with California BrainWaves on the Operations Advisory Board, Ruth supports career seekers at the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, IL by providing assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, and guidance in choosing the next career path. Ruth also tutors first and second graders at a charter school in North Chicago, IL through Reading Power. The program enhances reading strategies mixed with the joy of reading to enable youth to read at grade level and beyond.


Ruth began her career as a special education teacher, working with high school children with multiple emotional and behavioral issues. She moved into business and led branch offices for a staffing organization. For 21 years, Ruth worked as an HR Business Partner supporting various teams for Comcast in the Greater Chicago area. While at Comcast, Ruth had the opportunity to be active in the Chicago's Employee Resources Groups. She was the program co-chair for the MyAbilities ERG and organized as well as hosted virtual lunch and learns on various topics that impacted employees with disabilities.

Rosa (BIO COMING SOON)

Operations Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

Coming Soon.....

Lauri Moffet-Fehlberg, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Principal at Dahlin Group

Design Team at California BrainWaves

DAHLIN's integrated planning and architecture practice has been developed by over 40 years of shaping communities globally, starting in California. We design each project with an intimate understanding of its context and respond to today's issues of resource conservation and sustainability. Our designs are innovative, real and achievable.


Expertise:

Community Planning: Master Planning, Urban Design, Entitlement

Community Places: Institutional + Municipal, Education, Community Amenities, Golf Clubhouses

Place to Live: Multifamily Residential + Mixed-use, Neighborhood Residential, Apartments, Affordable Housing, Senior Living, Private Residences

Work & Play: Hospitality + Fitness, Commercial + Retail, Office, Healthcare, Interiors

Dane Bunton + Nas Mousavi, Founders of Studio BANAA, Principal Architects, RAs

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Here at Studio BANAA, we always consider the broadest context—what do the cities, people, businesses need? And then we dive in on the human view. The one that holds identity. Perspectives. Stories. Like homes made out of abandoned masonic temples, restaurants with the owner’s culture literally etched into the walls, or a brandy experience that takes you back to the Californian gold rush.


Because rare and authentic spaces do wonders for the heart and soul of a city.

Two sides of the big picture. United in the detail.

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Studio BANAA is run by Dane and Nas. Dane, a San Francisco local by birth, and Nastaran, a Northern Iranian expat who grew up surrounded by mountains and the Caspian Sea. They met in architecture school and bonded over a shared love of everything in their right brains: art, design, craft. It was at this point the pair—with two different life journeys, and many different perspectives—united as architects and designers. They still hold some common interests: staring at buildings, absorbing art, being in nature, meeting new clients, throwing dinner parties full of Persian food. But their differences are what keep things interesting.


Dane—who studied business and economics before moving into the world of architecture—likes pondering future cities, the business of architecture (or the business of anything, really), and the craft of architectural drawing. Whereas Nas can more often be found delving into the study of villages and micro communities, resilient structures and materials, biomimicry and ecological architecture.


While their right brains are aligned, their left brains are always thinking differently. So when they come together, they can question, inspire and challenge each other to think deeper. To collaborate. And to explore new ground.


Dane's dad owns and operates Bay Area senior living facilities, and his grandfather passed away from complications related to a traumatic brain injury.

Jeff Barrett, Founder of Jeff Barrett Studio, Architect, LEED AP 

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Registered Architect – California Lic.# C-37499

NCARB Certificate # 99043

Leed Accredited Professional


Jeff is the founding principal and owner of Jeff Barrett Studio. His innovative and forward-looking approach to design is unique in his pursuit to connect the outside natural environment with the building structures which has distinguished him as a leading Architect today. His design insight stems from a passion related to progressing the interconnection of people and places through ecological and technological solutions.


Jeff and the Studio’s design process is centered on collaboration inside and outside traditional design fields and has been developed through a variety of current and previous experiences which has resulted in a diverse body of work.


Notable project experience includes:

Netflix Corporate Campus

VMware Corporate Campus

Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library and Community Center – LEED Platinum

West Sacramento Community Center – LEED Gold

Walnut Creek Library – LEED Gold

San Leandro Senior Center – LEED Gold

Monterey Bay Aquarium

San Francisco Eco Center at Herons Head Park


Jeff's young daughter has seizures. His aunt has severe Autism and has been in RTPs most of her life.

Devin Jones, Founder of D. Jones Pix

Videographer and Videography Editor at California BrainWaves

Devin Jones is a Bay Area Native, born and raised in Berkeley, California. Devin has a strong passion for photography, editing, nature walks, and learning the piano. He has spent the bulk of his career in the non-profit sector and is the owner of D. Jones Pix: https://www.djonespix.com.


Devin is neurodivergent, diagnosed with Autism in his teens, and has worked hard to navigate the world with what he felt like was an isolating diagnosis. Devin now recognizes that part of his struggle was the lack of information, education, and intentional community-building in what he calls a "resource desert." He is excited to be addressing that very issue for others in similar shoes by volunteering for California BrainWaves with the nonprofit's videography needs.

Noah Nuer, President of Nuer Foundation (Nonprofit), Chairman/CEO/Master Trainer at Learning as Leadership, Co-Founder and CEO of Baleine Sous Caillou Productions 

Videographer at California BrainWaves

I am the President of Nuer Foundation, a  24-year-old Nonprofit with the mission to empower people to make a positive difference for the future of humanity through supporting existing projects, efforts, and providing the tools to accomplish new ideas.


I currently serve as Chairman, CEO, master trainer at Learning as Leadership,www.learnaslead.com. LaL is a thirty-five-year-old leadership development and culture change firm that works with senior executives at large organizations across the US and abroad. For the past 20 years, I've run the company, facilitated programs, co-developed seminars, and coached management teams in the private sector (Shell Oil, M&T Bank, Fairchild Semiconductor) as well as the public sector (NASA, Sandia National Laboratories). I even had the opportunity to train parliament members and ministers of the Republic of Georgia.


I have lectured at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, University of Michigan, and Stanford University. I’ve published articles in Psychological Inquiry and Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association.


In addition, I am an award-winning film writer-director with over 12 fictions, documentaries and a web series. In 1996, I co-founded Baleine Sous Caillou Productions, www.bscprod.com., a French film production company that creates short movies, features and series for TV and cinema, both in France and the US. I remain CEO to this day. I will be working on the TV show(s) for California BrainWaves, a Nonprofit for Neurodiversity.


More details at www.noahnuer.com

Rebecca Hall Gruyter, Founder and CEO of RHG Media Productions, Creator of the Speaker Talent Search, Radio and Podcast Show Host, Publisher, #1 International Best Selling Author 

Talk Show Host at California BrainWaves

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in management, business development, social media, and major media visibility,. In-demand radio show host, featured on the Influencer Channel of VoiceAmerica, and syndicated on 9 international networks. The publishing arm of our business has helped launch over 1,000 Best Selling authors, 40+ individual best-selling books, and specializes in helping you make an impact...be seen, heard, and powerfully positioned to reach all those you are called to reach.

Chef Mallyon, Owner of The Chill Factory  

Event Caterer at California BrainWaves

Black-Owned Local Business. Chef Mallyon delights guests with yummy soulful treats such as crab-stuffed lobster tail, honey jerk chicken, Cajun fries, deep fried salmon, sauteed prawns, garlic crab steaks, garlic noodles, Philly cheesesteaks, tantalizing burgers, steak and veggies, loaded baked potatoes, specialty blended drinks (alcoholic and non).


*The Chill Factory is a food truck parked in front of Planet Fitness near 107th Ave. & MacArthur Blvd in Oakland, Fri/Sat/Sun 12noon--5pm, weather permitting. Take Out and Door Dash, no seating. Menu changes weekly. 

*For those in Stockton, food delivery is available 12noon--5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call to order: 510-830-9663. 

*Closed Mondays and Thursdays.

*Available for Catering


5 Stars on Yelp for: large portions, fresh ingredients. creative menu, great value!


Follow his ever-changing menu on Instagram!


For California BrainWaves, Chef Mallyon is preparing a select menu for neurodiversity diet needs and Sensory Processing Disorder issues. He is also working with the Executive Director to sell disability and eco-friendly food-based wares as a Fundraiser such as lunch boxes, specialized utensils, brain sippy cups with straws, and more fun kitchen gear!